The Corn Raid Novel Study

The ESL Nexus
Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
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226 pages
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This 200+ page novel unit about Jamestown has activities to introduce the novel, chapter pre-reading tasks, reading strategies handouts, comprehension questions, exit tickets, vocabulary words for each chapter, materials for teaching literary elements, vocabulary games, tests, essay questions, research topics, and more.

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* You can buy smaller components instead of the complete novel unit for The Corn Raid but this resource contains materials, such as teacher pages for each chapter and also tests, that are not available in the smaller products. Please see the links below for the smaller individual resources that are available.

* The novel itself is not included in the resource and will need to be purchased separately.

For every chapter, a page for teachers includes a synopsis of the chapter and a description of the activities for the chapter, with the student materials following the teacher page. There are worksheets, folded paper projects, organizers, games, and task card activities for students to do in addition to reading the novel. Rubrics or answer keys are provided for almost every activity.

In addition, there are word search and crossword puzzles for additional vocabulary practice. There are 4 word searches and 4 crossword puzzles, all with answer keys. The word search puzzles are divided so they can easily be used as reviews before giving the chapter tests. The crossword puzzles are organized in the same way so they can be used for review, too.

My students and I loved this book! It is suitable for English Language Learners at an intermediate level of proficiency and up, and other students are sure to enjoy it, too.

Take a trip back in time with this novel study and become friends with Richard and Weetoppin!


What you get in this product:

★ A table of contents (2 pages)

★ A Notes to the Teacher page with explanatory information (1 page)

★ Cover pages for students' work, in color & black-and-white versions (2 pages)

★ 8 activities to introduce the novel plus an explanatory teacher page (14 pages)

★ Vocabulary materials: Words and definitions, old-fashioned words, templates for a task, materials for 2 games (18 pages)

★ Chapter materials; every chapter includes: Teacher page, reading strategy handout, comprehension questions, answer key (4 pages each for 13 chapters, for a total of 52 pages)

★ Literary elements materials: Summary, character traits, plot, idioms, figurative language, point of view, foreshadowing, multiple-meaning words, theme (47 pages)

★ Additional activities: Cinquain poem, timeline, ABC chart organizer (13 pages)

★ 2 tests, with answer keys: Chapters 1-6 and Chapters 7-13 (12 pages)

★ Writing assignments, with rubrics: 3 hashtag writing tasks, 4 essay questions, 8 research topics (19 pages)

★ Pre-reading questions in task card size format (10 pages)

★ Exit tickets in task card size format (14 pages)

★ 8 word search & crossword puzzles, with answer keys and cover page (17 pages)

★ Other pages: A list of the ELA Common Core standards addressed, a list of all the reading strategies to practice, a cover page for the post-reading activities (3 pages)


If you prefer, you can purchase smaller portions of this product instead but you save over 20% when you buy this complete novel study; the other resources are available here:

The Corn Raid Introduction and Extension Activities

The Corn Raid Reading Activities

The Corn Raid Vocabulary Activities

The Corn Raid Literary Elements

The Corn Raid Short Writing Tasks

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


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